Renée Hemsing Patten, a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, earned her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of New Mexico under renowned Brazilian violinist Dr. Cármelo de los Santos. She earned her Masters at the University of North Texas in modern violin under Emanuel Borok (former concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony & Boston Pops), and in baroque violin under Cynthia Roberts (Julliard).
Renée studied with Paul Kantor and David Halen at the Aspen Music Festival and at the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps. She has performed in numerous professional orchestras and period baroque ensembles throughout Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and Georgia including Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Orchestra & Chamber Ensemble, the New Mexico Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Plano Symphony, Lagrange Symphony, and Columbus Symphony.
Renée has been featured in violin master classes with Vadim Gluzman, Matt Albert, Haroutune Bedelian, Routa Kroumovitch, Augustine Hadelich, Frank Almond, and the Fort Worth & Miami String Quartets. Throughout her high school & college career, Renée won solo & concerto competitions including concertmaster of the NM All-State Symphony Orchestra as a high school sophomore, 1st place in the Deborah Beene Solo Competition, the UNM concerto competition and others, as well as being named a J. Robert Oppenheimer scholar (for science & musical arts). In Spring 2014, Renée was featured on the cover of Symphony Magazine.
In addition to teaching Suzuki method, Renée earned her certification as an Advanced Fiddle Teacher of the Mark O’Connor Method after studying directly with Mark O’Connor in Manhattan. She has taught violin, viola, and cello lessons for thirteen years, and plays primarily violin (classical, baroque, and fiddle) as well as cello. Renée founded & directed the orchestra program at The Heritage School (Georgia) before moving to Boulder, CO, where she currently teaches strings at Parlando School of Musical Arts. She and her husband Zack Patten (composer & classical guitarist) are teaching assistants & doctoral candidates at the University of Colorado Boulder. Renée plays frequently with the Boulder Philharmonic, Sphere Ensemble, is a member of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and is Associate Concertmaster of the Boulder Symphony